Yeah for weekend knitting

Hello there, how are you today? I hope you have had a good week and that the weekend ahead will be even better. Again this week has gone by in a wink and so I am here on a Friday!

As you may know I´m going back into translation work after having lost my job at the airline but before starting I´m doing a master’s degree in translation from French into English. Normally one always translates into one’s native language and I will too but her ein France there is no option including Icelandic. And anyway this is teaching me a lot about techniques, information sourcing and of course making me progress in English. I´m also looking to specialize in a particular area to stand a better chance of earning a decent living and have applied to 2 mentoring programs. I did a test already for one and I´m waiting for the results and I will do another test for another agency today so cross your fingers for me:) All this to say that I have a lot less knitting time than I would like to have.

But let’s not complain! So first up, I finished my Valenvent socks. The pattern is by Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears podcast. This was released as a mystery pattern with a little section being published each day in the run up to Valentines day. The pattern has now been published as a “regular” pattern and you can find it here – they are called the Amore Sampler Socks.

So here is my finished pair

As you can see they are not identical but fraternal. What I enjoyed was getting all these different lace patterns which can then be used individually to create new socks using just one pattern per pair. I´m planning on doing that in the future.

On the subject of sock knitting. I finished a pair a while ago and have neglected to share with you… This is a free pattern on Ravelry and is called Feather and Fan socks by Amanda Clark.

I knit my pair using a gradient sock set from Wollelfe in Austria. She offers beautiful gradient yarns with a very large offer of ball sizes from sock sets to sweater/shawl sizes. I think this colorway is called Canteloupe, it´s a sort of watermelon color. If you are looking for an engaging, lace sock I would recommend you give this one a try.

And now I´m working on a nother pair of socks for a test knit, different designer. This pattern has not been released yet. This is a fun pattern that uses contrasting cuff and toe and has unusual features such as the lace cuff and a new to me heel construction.

I´m knitting this using Socks Yeah yarn.

The heel construction is a fun one to knit because we keep knitting in the round so there is no interruption in the flow and it fits perfectly. I finished the first sock last night but haven´t had the time to take pictures yet but I will share again when my pair is done and the pattern published.

I´m also working on my own sock design. I have finished one sock and have cast on for a second sock but this time in a different size and yarn. I´m thinking I will knit a total of 3 pairs to be sure the pattern works for all the sizes before I finish a pair.

I really hope this time I will see the design through to the end and have it tech edited and then published. This could be a way for me to help with the financing of the blog for example. What do you think? I haven’ t looked on Ravelry to see if there is another pattern out there that looks similar. It is always a possibility as there are so many sock patterns out there…

And since we are talking socks, there is a sale going on now for 50% off all sock patterns by Lisa K Ross or Paper Daisy Designs. She has a lot of fun patterns and I own a few of them. Here’s a link if you would like to take a look and remember to use the code SOCKKNITTING at checkout for 50% off .

And before I let you go on with your day I just wanted to show you the latest finished item of baby knits.

I love the self striping socks! Turtle Purl Yarns are the best! And the baby tights, I modified the pattern and chose to knit a cuff and keep it as a pants rather than knit the socks as the pattern calls for. As you can see I have cast on for a second one but in a bigger size and this time using a patterning sock yarn which is looking quite nice I feel, so far. However I think that with just 1 skein I will not have enough to knit them as per pattern (with socks) so they will most likely be like the first pair. The yellow one is in a 3 months size and the new one is 12 months I believe. The pattern I´m using is called Olive’ s Tights and is by Knitting by Olive.

That’ s it for today. Thank you for stopping by and for sharing in my knitting adventure. Next time I will be showing you my Sock Madness preparations. I have chosen the yarns, purchased the beads and some extra needles. I need to create project pages for each pattern and enter the info regarding needle size, yarn and beads to get that out of the way. Every little thing counts when in a competition and speed is of the essence.

Until next time, have a great weekend and a good week ahead. Enjoy your knitting and I look forward to sharing more next time.

A little bit of knitting and Sock Madness around the corner

Hi there, once again I´m late in posting. Time somehow seems to elude me these days! I have been knitting but not as much as I would have liked.

This past week it has been very cold here in Normandy and we even got some actual snow! Which stayed for maybe a day. Suddenly it felt like Christmas in February! With the cold I have been wearing my handknit socks and boy am I thankful I have those. It´s amazing how much handknit socks keep you warm and cozy. And I have a gazillion of those!

I am knitting a new pair at the moment by the way. I´m a patron of the Bakery Bears show and they are running a knitalong called Valenvent now where every day we get a little portion of a sock pattern and at the end of the 12 days we have finished a pair. It is a lot of fun. The socks are fraternal socks so not identical which means everytime we get a pattern note we are doing something different. And I can really see myself later knitting a number of other pairs using just one of each of those stitch patterns.

This is my first sock and here you can clearly see the individual stitch patterns. The contrast yarn is one I dyed myself and the main color is a merino and silk blend from Eden Cottage Yarns I believe. The colors are not showing up great here but the main color is a sort of rosy beige. Today we get the second to last part for sock number 2 so by the end of this week I will have my pair. I have been scrupulously knitting each part every day as I did not want to fall behind. It is really a fun kal.

Another thing I have started lately is a new crochet blanket. I did do a pattern search on Ravelry and found a ton of patterns, mostly from Attic24 but then ended up doing my own thing. I basically decided to do a big granny square. It is for a little boy so I´m using all blue colors.

It really is kind of fun to be getting back into crochet. However I´m very much a beginner and only know the simplest of stitches. I could have chosen to learn something new as I cast on this project but no…I don´t have the brain space at the moment. But I definitely want to try some new things in the future.

As I have said before, my oldest loves my handknitting and she regularly sends me wish lists of items she would like me to make here. I´m now knitting a short sleeved t-shirt called Gasp by Kim Hargraves.

I´m knitting this using the Rowan cotton as the pattern calls for. This is knit in pieces and I´m on the back now. Here´s where I am.

It is a fun knit and the cotton yarn is a joy to work with. The stitch definition is very good and I look forward to seeing it all done.

I´m also continuing the little baby knits when I have a little time but I don´t have any significant progress to show so I will share pictures later on.

Sock Madness is around the corner. This is the 15th edition and I think this will be my fourth participation. I always say I´m not doing it again and yet I’m unable to resist the temptation.

The madness will begin in March. I have printed out the list of materials but still need to pick everything out to be ready. This year, judging by the materials required, we will have lots of colorwork or at least socks with contrasting something and….. BEADS! I´m not a huge fan of beaded socks but they do add to the challenge. I think I have a nice stash of beads already so I just need to find it and then pair with whatever yarn would work for that pattern. So lots of sock knitting coming up!

Are you taking part in Sock Madness too? I´d love to hear if you are or if you have participated previously and decided not to reiterate.

So this coming week I have to finish my pair of Valenvent socks, continue to work on the Gasp t-shirt for my daughter, continue working on my test knit sweater (I have yet to share this one with you), continue with my baby knits and crochet blanket, continue knitting on my own sock pattern if I ever want to get it published!

I sort of wished I had less studying to do and more free time to knit! But then who doesn’t?

And then there are the cats! I have a new one! So I now have 6 cats. The latest arrival is a male, a Cornish Rex Sire (not neutered) to mate with my Romy. They already like each other A LOT!!! So under strict surveillance as Romy still is too young to get pregnant. But I´m so looking forward to the next step in my cat breeding adventure! I’m planning on doing a website/blog for my cattery too where I will share knowledge about cats in general, my breeds in particular and the everyday life with my cats.

Anyway that’s all for today folks. Thanks for stopping by and spending some of your precious time with me today. I hope you are doing well in spite of Covid. Stay healthy, stay safe and keep on knitting/crocheting:)